HCC - Missouri City Center for Entrepreneurship, Technology, and Health (CETH)
Owner: Houston Community College
Architect: Kirksey Architecture
MEP Engineer: Infrastructure Associates
General Contractor: Turner Construction
Construction Budget: $21.5 Million
The new 70,000 square foot CETH (Center for Entrepreneurship, Technology, & Health) Building at the HCC Missouri City Campus was built to incorporate classrooms, lab spaces, and administration areas to serve as a learning hub for the latest in technology.
The building is served by a XX ton air cooled chiller. The biology labs due to the amount of outdoor air required to properly ventilate the lab space is provided with a dedicated glycol based energy recovery system. This system is to help save energy and to comply with the latest Energy Conservation Code.
The electrical design for the building utilizes energy efficient LED lighting. Through the use of harmonic mitigating transformers and TVSS devices, we are able to deliver clean protected power mitigating the risk of damage to sensitive and expensive lab equipment. An emergency generator was designed for providing not only power to emergency egress lighting, but also the laboratory spaces so that the exhaust will remain in operation during a power outage. This keeps the labs under negative pressure so that fumes do not travel from the hoods or labs at any time.
The plumbing system was designed with efficiency, and environmental safety in mind. Low flow fixtures were installed for water conservation purposes. Grease traps and acid dilution systems were designed for the kitchen and science labs.